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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

ALL CHECKED IN

Erika and I are all checked in at the hospital, and she is working on her language arts.  Her surgery is tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.  We are so thankful for the wonderful ministry this hospital has been to our family. 
The admitting process is so unique to anywhere I have ever been. 

It starts with seeing the admitting nurse, who then works you trough a series of appts. one at a time.  We saw the surgeons first, then the pharmacist, then the anesthesiologist, then the child life specialist, then the dietician, then the PT and OT.... and finally the charge nurse in your room.

Erika asked if she could take pictures inside the operating room before she goes to sleep and they said, YES!  LOL  So when we visited anestheology, they asked about giving her meds to make her drousy and she said, "No thank you, I have pictures to take and I don't want them to be blurry!". :)   They had a good laugh. 

Things have changed a little since the last time we were here.  There is a much better coffee pot. :)  The menu is all room service whenever you want, whatever you want! You just call when you are hungry. WOW! That is awesome! She can have breakfast all day if she wants, or anything from cod to pizza! 

She already played basketball in the child life room.  She brought the gift Chiara gave to her and plans to start on it tonight.  :)  

One funny thing that happened was the physical therapist came in and was talking about fitting her with a walker or crutches.  Erika had this panicked look on her face.  Ummm.... if I have surgery on both legs and one leg is missing, how will I use crutches??  The PT said, "well, some kids just hop a little".... I don't think she knew Erika's story yet. LOL 
Erika looked at me like "HELP!"..... I was waiting for her to talk, but she was just too shy, so I told the nice lady.... "We will be needing a wheel chair instead for awhile."  I explained that Erika would most likely fall and break something if she were given crutches.   And she quickly called in OT.  LOL
Erika's hospital band says "Falls".... she said mine should say, "Forgets!"  :)
I might write that one in. 
Sorry no pictures.  No access right now.  She is READY for this, so hopefully, we'll be home sooner than later.

7 comments:

Annie said...

What a great girl!

My husband came home from the hospital after a diabetic issue, and brought the little stick they'd put on his door which says "Fall Risk" and it is on our bedroom door. He thinks it's funny. Ah, me.

mommajeane said...

Glad to hear she is ready...that helps in the long run. We will continue to pray..I love the menu too. Do they feed the parent at bedside if you want ? They do where we go and I never have to leave which I like. Hope and pray you are home sooner than later.

mommajeane said...

Glad to hear she is ready...that helps in the long run. We will continue to pray..I love the menu too. Do they feed the parent at bedside if you want ? They do where we go and I never have to leave which I like. Hope and pray you are home sooner than later.

JJ said...

I sent prayers ahead of you, and now hugs and ALL my love...and even MORE prayers. So glad Erika had Family Camp to keep her mind off of surgery. Hoping and believing Erika will physically be better than ever...SOON!

MariaG said...

'Thinking of you Erika ... and soon hopefully it'll be back to "happy knitting" (and everything else you enjoy!). Hugs and prayers.
MariaG (Canada)

Chiara Elena said...

Dear Christie, at this time probably Erica is in the OR. I'm sending to both of you my best positive wishes. I wish I was there to keep you company while you wait, I know it is nerve wrecking even if all this was just a 5 minutes appendicitis. I hug you and please let us now how is she doing.

Kisses Chiara

Muddled Muse said...

*HUGS* I'm thinking about you this morning - I'm looking forward to seeing Erika's non-blurry pictures!

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